Skis, Boots, Bindings, Skins and Poles

  • Ski Boots – Alpine touring, telemark or snow board boots. Boots should have a walking sole and touring hinge. The comfort and warmth of your boots are
    more important than downhill performance. Check your boots on a day trip or two if they are new!
  • Skis – Backcountry skiing requires skis that have good flotation and performance. Many skiers prefer a ski that is 95mm or wider at the waist for powder skiing. Your skis should be in good condition, tuned and waxed. Late season trips ( April and May) may go best with narrower skis and ski crampons. (We will advise at time of booking).
  • Touring Bindings – Skis must be equipped with alpine touring or telemark bindings. Skiers who use telemark bindings or splitboard bindings without a releasable mechanism are more likely to be buried if caught in an avalanche.
  • Climbing Skins – Skins for skis or split board. Please make sure your skins are clean, sticky and have full coverage through out the waist of your skis. Skins
    should fit edge to edge for the skis or board you are bringing.
  • Ski Poles – Adjustable ski poles for touring are common. Your ski poles for touring are sized the same as downhill skiing. We have spares at the Lodge.
  • Splitboard – Experienced riders will chose the gear for deep snow and all day touring with long uphills. Release bindings will decrease your chance of being buried in an avalanche.

* Spare parts specific to your bindings – We always have a generic repair kit for hut based trips.

Personal Backcountry Clothing System

  • Helmet – Lightweight and warm. Tree skiing has inherent dangers, using a helmet minimizes potential injury.
  • Day Pack – Your pack must be 35 litres or more. Your shovel and probe need to fit inside with all of your gear for the day.
  • Shell Jacket and Pants – These outer layers must be waterproof and breathable. It is ideal to have a jacket with a hood and pants with full length side zips. Some brands include; GoreTex, Entrant and Patagonia H2N0
  • Insulative Layer – A lightweight down or synthetic jacket or heavy fleece layer that is suitable to carry in your pack daily
  • Mid Layer Jacket – This layer is essential for warmth and wind protection for uphill ascents. Polartec 200, softshells and windproof breathable vests and jackets are ideal.
  • Base Layers – Two sets of medium to heavy weight long underwear. This allows a change of base layers during the week or the ability to change according to each day’s air temperature. Colder conditions require thicker base layers
  • Socks – For hut trips bring at least four pairs of socks. Two pairs should be your favorite ski socks and two pairs for cozy hut socks. Your ski socks should be seam free, tall and not too thick.
  • 2 Toques – A good ski hat that covers your ears is essential. Synthetic or Wool is best. Skiers should always have a spare in their pack at all times. It is also useful to have a lightweight ski hat for uphill ascents during cold weather. This gets sweaty so it’s good to have this separate from your warm ski toque
  • Mitts and Gloves – Skiers must have at least two pairs of good gloves and or mitts. A good system is to have two pairs of gloves and a spare pair of warm mitts that never leave your pack. Some people find it useful to have a light pair of gloves for uphill skiing and saving their warm pair for skiing down.
  • Goggles and Sunglasses – Goggles are a must for our ski destinations. Sunglasses should be less than 12% visible light, darker for spring ski touring.dates. Bring spares!
  • Sun Hat – Necessary for those rare days when it’s not snowing or for spring ski trips. Just bring a good lightweight hat with a brim for coverage

Personal Safety and Rescue Gear

  • Avalanche Transceiver – Use fresh and bring spare batteries. Your avalanche transceiver must be a modern 457khz model. You are welcome to use your own as long as you can use it effectively in training. We have spares of high performance Barryvox Pulse units if yours is malfunctioning.
  • Lightweight Snow Shovel – This avalanche shovel should have a removable handle and it should fit inside your pack. Extendable handles are ideal • Avalanche Probe – Lightweight and strong, collapsable probe 320 cm
  • Whistle – Fox 40 type attached to your pack at all times

Snow science kit. Thermometer, ruler, crystal screen and lens. For AST courses, leadership courses and those who are keen.

Other Stuff in your Pack

  • First Aid Kit/Blister Kit – Small one for personal use. Guides have First Aid Kits in their packs
  • Sunscreen, Lip Protector
  • Prescription Glasses/Contact Lenses
  • Camera – Spare batteries
  • Water Bottle or hydration system – At least one litre size
  • Thermos – Optional
  • Garbage Bag>
  • Optional items – binoculars, field guide books, pocket knife or multi-tool, compass, map and GPS

We can accommodate extra skis if you would like to have the option. Contact us if are lacking any of these items as we have some spares.

Spare Clothing and Hut Wear

  • Hut Booties – Lightweight comfortable footwear for inside the hut with nonslip sole
  • Sleeping bag for +10 degrees C, 40 degrees F.
  • Winter Boots
  • Warm casual pants for relaxing in the hut – Wool and fleece is better than cotton
  • Warm casual shirt and sweater for evenings and relaxing in the hut
  • Spare underwear and Sport Tops (women)
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal meds or diet supplements